Advice from a Personal Injury Attorney

Choosing an Attorney

Choosing the Best Personal Injury Attorney: Traits and Qualities to Look for Accidents can happen to anyone. Worse, they can result from the negligence of others and cause their victims significant pain or losses. Note that the suffering does not have to be physical. Psychological distress can also be too much to bear, which is why it is simply unfair to let it go. The victims will need a chance to recover as well as the means to rebuild their lives, and it is primarily what personal injury attorneys are here for. What Qualifies as Personal Injury A personal injury can be any harm that you sustained due to the carelessness or deliberate error by an individual or organization. Among the most common are car and motorcycle accidents, boat accidents, hit and run accidents, trips and falls, defamation of character, assault and battery, and dog bites. Workplace accidents also count as personal injury. If any of these happens to you, you will need a personal injury attorney to not only represent you in court but also to ensure that your rights as a victim will be properly observed by the law. Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney There are more than a million personal injury attorneys in the United States. That is almost as many as we have Realtors.  How do you know which of them is right for you? It is not a decision that you can make overnight. Similar to choosing a Realtor, when you choose an attorney, you are putting your truest in them.  Also as in choosing a real estate agent, there is a lot of money on the line and very little room for mistakes. It is not just about who is most willing to take your case, as most of them will show that they are. The first thing to do is to know what your needs and preferences are, the goals that you want to achieve. Proximity and availability can help you make a list of the personal injury attorneys to consider. Costs and Fees. Of course, hiring a personal injury lawyer costs money. But it need not be as complicated as some might think it is. Unlike criminal defense and family law attorneys, most personal injury attorneys do not ask for upfront fees from their clients. That is, provided that they charge on a contingent basis. By contingent, it means that the personal injury attorney will not be paid unless the client receives a settlement. The fee that will be asked for by a personal injury attorney can be anywhere between 33 to 40 percent of the settlement. If, for instance, the client receives $100,000 in settlement, the personal injury attorney will receive $33,000 to $40,000, depending on the rate they agreed upon. If they lost the case, the client will not have to pay the personal injury attorney. Experience. The more experienced a personal injury attorney is, the better that he or she should be able to handle your case. Then again,…

Nursing Home Abuse

Warning signs of Nursing Home Abuse Personal care facilities in the United States provide long-term care for elderly residents who should have the best care and be respected. Instead one of the concerns that are proven out is nursing home abuse. This can fall into two categories both that result in mistreatment of the elderly resident, which can affect their health and quality of life.  Although generally not though of in this way — there is a difference between abuse and neglect and we will cover the differences.    Types of Elder Abuse   Abuse: This involves rash treatment that can result in injury, intimidation, punishment that can cause pain or mental anguish. This is a type of treatment that can also include unreasonable confinement.   Abuse may include:   Threats that are verbal or physical Seclusion Unnecessary restraints Assault and battery including slapping, pushing, pinching, shaking, beating, or kicking. Use of chemical or psychotropic medications as a method of restraint. Sexual assault or battery that can include rape or other forms of sexual assault. Neglect: This is another type of abuse that whether intentional or not is the failure to provide the senior with the proper care and services necessary for their personal care. This is covered in-depth when becoming a nurse. It may include proper medical care, failure to keep the patient free from pain or cause the senior anxiety. Lack of proper medical care for existing medical problems or new medical issues. Depriving the elderly resident of food or water continually or for prolonged amounts of time. Lack of personal care including bathing and other necessary care.   The Warning Signs of Physical and Verbal Abuse   There are warning signs the family may see when visiting the senior family member living in a long-term care facility that indicates nursing home abuse. These signs may include:   Abuse   The elderly person being upset, withdrawn, non-communicative or agitated. Does not speak or is reluctant to speak about care facility staff members. Sudden changes in behavior such as fear of being touched, rocking, sucking, or biting. Bruises, wounds, welts or cuts that are unexplained and in various states of healing. Incidences of broken bones or fractures. Falls and head injuries. Pressure ulcers or bed injuries. Signs of sexual abuse may include fear of being touched, STDs, genital infections, bruising near the genitals, along with other signs of an attack.   Neglect   Signs of dehydration Signs of malnutrition Infections or frequent infections Rapid weight loss or appearance of rapid weight gain. Signs the elderly resident is unclean or unsanitary conditions. Heavy medication or the patient sedated that is not common medical treatment to the family. Frequent illness and illness not reported to the family and physician. These are some of the signs that can indicate elder abuse and should be promptly pursued since it affects the quality of life for the senior citizen that can greatly affect their health and emotional or mental health.   One other type…